Global intelligent fire systems leader Advanced (a subsidiary of Halma plc) has recently launched a new device that makes its market-leading networking more flexible and configurable than ever.
The PENN (Peripheral Expansion Network Node) is a new card and network node that allows Advanced’s range of peripheral input and output cards to be placed anywhere on the network, and up to 1.5km from the nearest fire panel or next PENN node.
Up to 32 peripheral cards – covering everything from input, interface and i/o cards to relay, sounder, LED and switch cards – can be attached to a PENN, and 199 PENNs can be added to a network. This means over 6,000 peripheral cards can be placed almost anywhere around the network.
The PENN adds to the flexibility of Advanced’s fire panel offering. Previously, peripheral cards had to be connected to a fire panel’s P-BUS (they still can be) and limited to 10m from the panel.